2015 South Carolina State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy FAMILY CAREGIVERS More than 777,000 caregivers provide vital services to their loved ones. If caregivers can no longer provide the care needed, loved ones may need institutional care. As a result, the state could be left holding the tab because Medicaid pays for a majority of nursing home beds. Last year the Legislature approved $2 million in one-time funding for respite vouchers for family caregivers. Respite vouchers for caregivers allow the caregiver to take a break from their duties. Informal …

Long-term Care Task Force Looks at Improving In-home Services

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Linda H. Lamb The hardest thing is “the feeling of being locked in,” Dennis Bell said. In 2009, Bell took a cherished aunt with Alzheimer’s disease into his Columbia home, caring for her with the help of other family members and occasional sitters. “She’s always been an integral part of our lives,” he said. As a registered nurse, he seemed like the logical person to take primary responsibility. But Bell, now 59, found that even being a health professional …

Local Organizations Come Together and Show the True Meaning of the Holidays

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy Today is a special day for Doris Owens of Seneca. Through a collaborative effort, Ms. Owens received a new heating and air conditioning unit installed in her home courtesy of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Cool Aid Warms Hearts program. The South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors (SCAHACC) created the Cool Aid Warms Hearts program after seeing an investigative report on the Today Show. The report showed a number of heating, ventilation and …

Fight Back Against Fraud and Scams

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy Utility customers here in South Carolina and across the country are being affected by phone scams, and we want you to be aware and prepared are being affected by phone scams, and we want you to be aware and prepared. Customers have reported instances of individuals portraying themselves as utility employees over the phone and warning them that they’re late on their utility bill or might need a new meter. The scammer then says that their service will be cut …

Posición de los candidatos a gobernador

Posted on 10/23/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Katrina Goggins Los votantes que acudirán a las urnas el 4 de noviembre ven caras nuevas y familiares en la polémica contienda por la gobernación de Carolina del Sur. El demócrata Vincent Sheheen, de 43 años, volverá a desafiar a la gobernadora republicana Nikki Haley, de 42, quien se convirtió en la primera mujer en ocupar ese cargo cuando derrotó al propio Sheheen, senador estatal de Camden, en el 2010. Mientras tanto, el candidato por petición Tom Ervin, de …

Volunteers Needed for the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy The Office for the Study of Aging is looking for volunteers to join the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program (SCVAGAL). Volunteers act as advocates on behalf of abused, neglected or exploited adults under protective service custody in the South Carolina Family Court System. In 2013, over 2,800 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults were reported in South Carolina. Over 350 of these reports resulted in court proceedings. This is why the SCVAGAL Program needs …